Alan Jay Sessions, age 74, died peacefully at home in Afton, WY on Friday, August 20th, 2021.
Alan was born on December 19th, 1946 in Afton, WY to Marvin and Veda Sessions. He, along with his three brothers: Noel, Vernal and Quinn, learned the value of hard work, a trait that would serve him well throughout his life. Alan loved to work hard! He joined the Wyoming National Guard as a Junior in High School in 1963, where he served 11 years and received an honorable discharge on April 13, 1974. After graduating high school in May of 1965, he attended Rick’s Collage for a year, prior to serving a two-year mission for the LDS Church in Los Angeles, CA from February 1967 to February 1969.
After returning home from his mission, Alan got to work managing Sessions Oil Company for his father. In July of 1969 he met Billie Palmer Sessions and they were married on November 21, 1969 in the Logan Temple. In 1975 he joined the Afton Volunteer Fire Dept. (AVFD), where he served for 37 years, serving four of those years as Fire Chief. In 2005 he began serving on the board of the Wyoming Retirement System, representing volunteer fireman, a position he held until his death. Alan loved serving in the AVFD, where he made lifelong friendships in Afton and across the state. In 1976 he bought and operated Sessions Oil with brothers Quinn and Noel. In 1980, after-hours and on weekends, Alan built an 8-plex rental property known as the Mountaineer Lodge where he developed an affinity for woodworking. In 1987 he started Mountaineer Oak Products, where he built custom kitchen cabinets. Over the next few years he would become a master carpenter.
On March 21, 1999 Alan married his best friend, Toni Sessions in Las Vegas, NV. Together, they owned and operated AJ’s Discount Liquor from 2005-2013. They retired in 2013, spending winters in Arizona and summers in Star Valley; fishing, traveling, motorcycle riding, playing chess, and spending time with friends and family.
Alan is survived by: his wife Toni, his brother Quinn, his three sons Aaron, Andy, and Neil, his three stepdaughters Chansy Tatro, Nichole Lee, and Jessie Miller, and 17 grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at the AVFD on Saturday August 28th, from 12:00-2:00 pm followed by a short burial service at the Afton Cemetery.
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